This is a PDF* with a set of three hundred creative writing prompts that are aligned to Common Core Writing Anchor Standards 1,2, and 3. Each prompt is done in a visually appealing way and gets its own page/slide so that it can be projected in front of a class.
These prompts are meant to be used for practice on the Common Core Writing Anchor Standards. They are suitable for middle school and high school. While many of the prompts are appropriate for late elementary school, the majority of the prompts are intended for middle school and high school students.
What other teachers have said:
"Ready to use and my students LOVE IT... Nothing to do but present, write, and see the excitement unfold as students get wrapped up in their ideas and thoughts!"
"These are wonderful! They tell which standard is addressed and the kids love them! It gets them thinking in new ways!!"
"These are great and my middle school students are now asking me if they can write instead of going to lunch recess! We are enjoying the writing process, your prompts have been a big boost for us."
"This is a fantastic resource. My students find the prompts engaging and accessible."
"Love, love, love these prompts! My students look forward to seeing them each week."
"So creative and still hits the CCSS!!! Awesome!!!"
"My students LOVE these and beg to debate and prove why their opinion is right EVERY time. Treasure of my collection of journal entries for sure!"
"I LOVE these prompts! They are extremely creative and really well-aligned to CCS. I have been using them very often in class. The students love the pictures that go along with the prompt. It's almost like they forget they are writing because they are laughing as they write. I highly recommend the prompts!"
"These writing prompts are engaging and attractive. They are great for sparking student writing and discussion. I especially appreciate the quality of the graphics etc... it would take me hours to create something as attractive. Great value!"
A word to teachers about how to use the prompts:
Look for the blue dot(s) in the top right corner to tell you which standard(s) applies to each prompt, and look on the bottom of the slide for more instruction about what the expectations are for the different standards. Many of the prompts do have more than one standard attached to them since they can be approached in different ways. Teachers may need to clarify for their students what approach they should be taking.
I typically use a projector to put these prompts on the screen in front of the class. I describe the prompt and answer any questions about it, and then I have my students write for five to ten minutes straight in a writer’s notebook. After the time is up, we discuss their writing, typically starting with a “pair share” and then moving on to a whole class discussion. They usually do one of these a day, and then every few weeks, they pick their favorite to make into a polished, final piece, which we take through the whole writing process.
Common Core Writing Standards that are covered in these prompts:
- Writing Anchor Standard 1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
- Writing Anchor Standard 2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- Writing Anchor Standard 3: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Note: if you have purchased sets of prompts from me in the past, you will definitely see many of those prompts in here, as this set combines all the prompts I have for sale into one set. So should you buy this set? Is it worth it? I think so… there are 200 new ones in here that I have not put into other sets, and many of those prompts that were available in previous sets have been updated to better align with Common Core standards. If you still have questions, please let me know (email@example.com).
Please let me know if you have any questions at all.
*They are in PDF format because converting to PowerPoint considerably alters the formatting. If you'd like to get them in the original Keynote file, please let me know, although it seems Keynote users are few and far between.
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